SafeCare BC Appoints Director of Programs and Sector Services

New Director of Programs and Sector Services for SafeCare BC - Steve Newhouse.
Steve Newhouse is the Director of Programs and Sector Services for SafeCare BC.

SafeCare BC has announced that Mr. Steve Newhouse will be joining their organization as Director of Programs and Sector Services. This is a new position that has been established to work directly with members and seniors care stakeholders across the province to further develop sector-specific projects, learning management systems and partnership opportunities for program development and delivery.

Steve is coming to SafeCare BC with over seven years of experience working in a variety of occupational health and safety roles with health authorities across the province.  Among other things, Steve has been a Canadian Registered Safety Professional for the past two-and-a-half years.

He will start his new role January 4, 2016 and can be reached directly at steve@safecarebc.ca.

SafeCare BC sat down with Steve for a Q&A:

Q: Where are you from?
SN: I grew up in Calgary. I moved to B.C. in 2003 and I have lived in the Lower Mainland and in Victoria since then.

Q: Where did you get your university education?
SN: I earned my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary. I attended Mt. Royal University as well, also in Calgary.

Q: What work experience do you have?
SN: I have worked a lot in recreation/facility operations in the past. For seven years I worked in Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) for the Health Authorities in B.C.

Q: What interest and experience do you have in the continuing care sector?
SN: I have already been working in the sector for several years while doing OH&S with the Health Authorities. I volunteered at a fire department so I guess I have an interest in helping people. I have also been a Canadian Registered Safety Professional for the past two-and-a-half years.

Q: Why is it important for continuing care workers to be well-informed when it comes to safety in the workplace?
SN: Big picture: it develops a good working atmosphere for everyone involved, whether it’s staff, management or residents. When a workplace is safe, employees feel like their employers are looking out for them and have their best interests in mind. Paying attention to safety can go a long way in creating a more content working environment.

Q: What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
SN: I like traveling, hiking, photography and Thai cooking.